Pentax Optio RS1500 Review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 6
    • Features
    • 7
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Expandability
    • 0
    • Total Score:
    • 5.20
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • HD movie mode
    • Stylish, customizable
    • Compact and portable
  • Cons

    • Some overexposure
    • No "one touch" video button
    • Noise at mid to high ISO

Quick Take

An otherwise unremarkable camera, the RS1500 offers interchangeable faceplates without the hassle of the previous generation RS1000.

The new Pentax Optio RS1500 (which replaces the RS1000) is the latest addition to the Pentax compact point-and-shoot catalog. It’s an easily pocketable ultra-compact digicam available in either pearl white or silver.

Pentax Optio RS1500

The RS1500 is actually rather plain and somewhat underwhelming in its naked state, but add one of the included skins, and the camera magically assumes an alternate identity – like Clark Kent ducking into a phone booth to emerge moments later as Superman.

Despite the limitations of a small lens and sensor, Pentax Optio digicams like the RS1500 often have the potential to hold their own against entry-level DSLRs and certainly take the prize for portability. Does the master-of-disguises RS1500 deliver solid picture-taking power with that shape-shifting façade? Read on and find out.

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